Rab­bi Rock­et­pow­er and the Mys­tery of the Miss­ing Menorahs

Rab­bi Susan Abram­son and Aaron Dvorkin; Ariel DiO­rio, illus.
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By – November 2, 2011

Every­one knew her as Rab­bi Beat­rice Ann Men­sch… but before you could say Shma Yis­rael,” she could trans­form her­self into…Rabbi Rocketpower…able to wipe out evil wher­ev­er she found it… 

A true role mod­el, Rab­bi Men­sch is a woman, a rab­bi and a super­hero ded­i­cat­ed to help­ing oth­ers in need. What a delight­ful book! Rab­bi Rock­et­pow­er and the Mys­tery of the Miss­ing Meno­rahs cap­tures the world of a young Jew­ish boy. The char­ac­ters include the Rab­bi, her hus­band (a com­put­er expert), their son Aaron, who can spot trou­ble a mile away, and a space alien cat named Purr from the plan­et P.I.A. (Pain in the Aster­oid) who talks and who loves to drink out of the toi­let. The plot cen­ters around a mys­tery that any 7 – 10 year old child would real­ly enjoy. All of the meno­rahs in the Rabbi’s town are dis­ap­pear­ing. How can that be? It has some­thing to do with meowrats from out­er space who are so dumb that they built their space­ship with a lit­ter­box on top so they wouldn’t smell up the cab­in…” (Just ask Purr.) This sto­ry will def­i­nite­ly keep the young reader’s atten­tion, and has many humor­ous scenes as it works its way toward the solu­tion of the mys­te­ri­ous dis­ap­pear­ing meno­rahs. The tra­di­tions men­tioned are from the Ortho­dox Jew­ish tra­di­tions and some of the ref­er­ences aren’t explained in the text. There is, how­ev­er, an excel­lent glos­sary at the end, which explains all of the terms that have been so gen­er­ous­ly scat­tered through­out the sto­ry. The book also includes direc­tions to the drei­del game, and two recipes: suf­ganiy­ot and latkes. This book is def­i­nite­ly a keep­er. For ages 7 – 10.

Mar­cia Ber­neger is a retired teacher who lives with her hus­band and three crazy dogs. She taught both first and sec­ond grade, as well as spe­cial edu­ca­tion. She cur­rent­ly teach­es Torah school, in addi­tion to her vol­un­teer work in class­rooms, libraries, and with var­i­ous fundrais­ers. She lives in San Diego.

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